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Feature Slides

  • PubMed ® for Trainers

    Do you train others to use PubMed? If so, join us for PubMed for Trainers, a hybrid class with 3 online sessions and 1 in-person session (eligible for 15 MLA CE credits). The class is an in-depth look at PubMed and a chance to share training ideas with your fellow participants.

    PubMed ® for Trainers

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  • PubMed® for Librarians

    PubMed for Librarians is made up of five one-hour segments. These five segments will be presented via Adobe Connect and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend.

    PubMed® for Librarians

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  • Discovering TOXNET®

    Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises in thirteen independent modules. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, and more.

    Discovering TOXNET®

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Do you Annotate?

If you have videos that you’ve made and uploaded to your YouTube account, then you have access to the annotation tool. Here is a 5 minute video that demonstrates how to add annotations, speech bubbles, callouts and links to other videos from within your completed video.

What We’re Reading: March Edition

Here are a few things that we’ve been reading lately. Now to get through the rest of the stack and bookmarks!

What interesting things have you come across lately? Share with us on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook.

Do You Padlet?

Padlet is a cool tool that can be used for instruction. Basically, it is a blank wall and you can decide what you want to “hang” on it. You can use Padlet to: take notes, solicit feedback, as a discussion board or any other thing where you want some sort of input from others.

I made two Padlets to demonstrate different uses. Here’s a padlet that I used as a forum for people to introduce themselves: Here’s another Padlet I made based on the video in this post. If you don’t like the chaos of letting people write anywhere they want on the wall, you can make columns, as seen here: Here is the 4 minute video that shows you how to make columns in Padlet:

You can find Padlet here: It’s free!

Improve Your Presentations: 10 Tips

Check out this TEDx video with Garr Reynolds from Presentation Zen for tips on improving your presentations with storytelling.


You Heard it Here First. Well, Maybe Not First.

This 4 minute video posted by the History of Medicine department at the National Library of Medicine is from 1994 (the fairly recent past). However, it will seem like light years away.

Subject Filter Strategies Updated

PubMed has several Subject Filters that can be used for searching, and each year the filters are reviewed to determine if they need to be updated. This year, the following subject filters have been revised:

  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science

You can find information on all of the filters, including links to the full strategy in the PubMed Resources Guide.  Also, notice that you can apply these filters by adding the subject filter name [sb] to your search. For example, to add the complementary medicine filter to your search, simply add AND cam [sb].

2 Ways to Shut Down the Urge to Multi-Task

Yes, I am repeating myself (and I reserve the right to say it again). Multi-tasking really means that you are not giving your full attention to any one thing. Now it’s true that we can walk and talk at the same time (usually), but try reading an email and listening to a conversation at the same time. Speaking for myself, something will be missed.

Watch this very short video (you won’t even have time to multi-task) for 2 ideas on how to shut down the urge to multi-task.

Wanted: Your Stories

The National Library of Medicine is looking for your stories.

Do you know any stories about people using NLM resources to find out something interesting, forge a new path, or improve their lives in a unique or dramatic way?
Or, more simply, have you ever found just the right information at just the right time, for yourself or for a patron?

For this year’s theater presentations at MLA,  NLM wants to team up the NLM staff who develop the resources with the librarians who use them.

They are interested in stories (great and small) about any NLM resource, but especially:

  • HSRProj
  • Health Services Research resources on Comparative Effectiveness, Patient Centered Outcomes, Health Technology Assessment
  • DIMRC and other disaster resources
  • BIBFRAME and Linked Data
  • History of Medicine social media (e.g., Circulating Now)
  • MedlinePlus
  • PubMed Central
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Health

If you know someone (or are someone!) who would be interested in sharing their story, please contact Kate Majewski ( And please share this message with any librarians who might have stories to tell!

Searching for Drug Information: Webinar

On November 4, 2014 the National Library of Medicine Training Center gave a presentation to the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region about MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs and tips for searching for drug information in PubMed. Watch the recording to learn how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed and how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Access the presentation here:

What We’re Reading: February Edition

It’s tough to keep up with new and interesting articles, blog posts and resources, but here are a few things that have caught our attention lately.